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North Yorkshire teacher jailed for sexual offences

North Yorkshire teacher jailed for sexual offences

3:20pm 22nd October 2010
(Updated 5:14pm 25th October 2010)

Former Scarborough PE teacher, Keith Fletcher has today been jailed for two years and nine months after pleading guilty to 24 historic sexual offences against young girls. 

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell of North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, said:

“The conviction and lengthy sentence of Fletcher demonstrates that such offences will not be condoned either by the police or the courts.”

57 year old Fletcher abused his position of trust as a PE Teacher in Scarborough and between 1975 and 1983. He committed serious sexual  assaults on several occassions against four girls, three of them pupils at the school and all below the age of 16. 

DI Kell added:

“The victims have shown a great deal of courage in reporting these matters, particularly as Mr Fletcher was a prominent member of the community in Scarborough. Those involved in the inquiry have demonstrated strength of character to remain engaged with the protracted criminal investigation and subsequent court process.

“Today's result hopefully brings some closure for the victims, and allows them to start to move on with their lives.”

Investigating officer, DC Alex Parker added:

“There has been a close working relationship with education authorities throughout the inquiry.

“School should be a safe learning environment for all children, and one in which parents should have every confidence that their children should not be subject to physical or sexual abuse. Mr Fletcher abused his position and the trust placed in him by the school, the education authorities and parents of children attending the school.”

Cynthia Welbourn, North Yorkshire County Council's corporate director for the Children and Young People's Service added:

"The school has worked closely with all the relevant agencies over subsequent months, leading to Mr Fletcher's dismissal from his post last June. The local authority would wish to reassure everyone that they take matters of child protection and safeguarding extremely seriously and work hard to ensure that students in all North Yorkshire schools are as safe as possible."

Fletcher who lived in Scarborough, was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and is required to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

PICTURED: Keith Fletcher

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